Graham Broadhead

Dying Alstonville school fig facing the chop

WHO GIVES A FIG? The 115-year-old fig in the grounds of Alstonville Public School will be chopped down during the school holidays, but a yellow ribbon tied around the historic tree during the week is a sign the tree is still loved.

The idea for the ribbon may have come from the 1973 hit song "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree" - the ribbon signified "you still want me".

A NSW Department of Education spokesperson said Ballina Shire Council advised a Development Application to remove the tree wasn't required, in light of an independent arborist's report that the tree was dying and couldn't be saved, and Work Health and Safety issues.

The date for the tree's removal is still to be decided.



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